NZXT has introduced its new Kraken X-3 and Kraken Z-3 closed-loop CPU coolers. The coolers are compatible with all modern platforms and are based on Asetek’s latest pumps, offering a blend between performance and quiet operation. Like all modern hardware for enthusiasts, the look of the coolers can be customized using the company’s proprietary software.

The new NZXT Kraken X-3 series includes 240 mm, 280 mm, and 360 mm radiator models, while the more expensive NZXT Kraken Z-3 family is comprised of a 280 mm and a 360 mm SKUs. All five closed-loop coolers are based on Asetek’s 7th Generation pump, which uses a 800 - 2,800 RPM motor. Paired with the Asetek pump are NZXT’s Aer P120 fans, which offer an operational range from 500 to 2,000 RPM and are rated to generate 21 dBA - 36 dBA of noise. The cooling systems use rubber tubing with a nylon braided sleeve as well as caps with a 360° rotation orientation feature, so that the cap can be installed in any direction.

The more affordable NZXT Kraken X-3 comes with a 10% bigger LED ring (when compared to previous models) with a rotable top featuring the company’s logotype. The more expensive NZXT Kraken Z-3 has a 2.36-inch LCD screen that can display various useful information (or just a picture) in 24-bit color, thus allowing to completely customize the look of the cooler.

As for compatibility, the new all-in-one coolers from NZXT can work with all modern CPUs from AMD and Intel, including those that use mainstream AM4 or LGA1155 form-factors as well as HEDT CPUs featuring LGA2066 and TR4 packages.

Specifications of NZXT Kraken X3 & Kraken Z3 Cooling Systems
  General Specifications
Fan (single) Speed (RPM) 500-2,000±300 RPM
Airflow (CFM) 18.28 - 73.11 CFM
Static Pressure (mm-H2O) 0.18 ~ 2.93 mm-H2O
Noise (dBA) 21 - 36
Power 3.84 W
MTBF (hrs) ≧60,000 @ unknown oC
Connector 4-pin PWM connector
Pump Speed (RPM) 800 – 2,800±300 RPM
Life Expectancy ? @ unknown oC
Power 4.8 W
Tubing Length 400 mm
Compatibility AMD AM4, TR4
Intel LGA 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066

NZXT’s latest Kraken X-3 and Kraken Z-3 closed-loop CPU coolers are immediately available in the USA directly from the company and will be launched in other countries next month. The cheapest Kraken X53 carries an MSRP of $129.99, whereas the most expensive Kraken Z73 is priced at $279.99.

NZXT Kraken X-3 and Kraken Z-3 Coolers
  Size MSRP
Kraken X53 240 mm $129.99
Kraken X63 280 mm $149.99
Kraken X73 360 mm $179.99
Kraken Z63 280 mm $249.99
Kraken Z73 360 mm $279.99

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Source: NZXT

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  • Valantar - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    Are they seriously charging $100 for that display in the pump housing? Hot damn.
  • Chaitanya - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    Also for an AIO which has mixed metals and arent even full copper with that additional $100.
  • p1esk - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    What about TRX40?
  • The_Assimilator - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    Try reading the article sometime.
  • p1esk - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    Just did (again). No mention of trx40. Care to point to the relevant part?
  • 1_rick - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    TR4 and sTRX4 have identical cooler mountings, so it's probably down to "is the one you want rated high enough for the chip you want?"
  • p1esk - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    Latest threadrippers have much larger surface area to cool. I believe there’s only one AIC currently on the market that supports them.
  • 1_rick - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    NZXT's page for these products lists a bunch of Intel sockets, AM4, and TR4, but not sTRX4, so that's probably your answer.

    On the other hand if the cold plate's big enough to physically cover a Threadripper-sized heat spreader, it might still work. I don't think I'd take the chance, though.
  • Makaveli - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    lol at least the AIO was setup properly. Half the time I see AIO's in Rig's with Front mounted Rads the have the fans on the side of the rad. And not in front of the Rad blowing air in over it.

    Overpriced yes!
  • ses1984 - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    Don't you want the fans of the radiator exhausting hot air?

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